There are, indeed, two Americas: the good and the ugly. And we’ve seen both, the last couple of weeks.
First, the ugly: all those old, angry, white, Republicans who showed up at the town halls to make trouble, shout down anybody who tried to speak, and oppose health care reform – simply because Barack Obama was for it.
They represent the worst of America: the most intolerant, the most partisan, the most selfish, the least intelligent.
But, just when we were ready to give up hope on America, we also America’s best: the hundreds of thousands of Americans who lined the streets and highways of Boston and Washington these last few days – to say good-bye to Teddy Kennedy.
They represent the best of America. They came out in such huge numbers, not only to say thanks to Senator Kennedy for a lifetime of public service, but to show their support for the liberalism he embodied.
Like Teddy Kennedy, they believe that the role of government is not to pamper the already-pampered, but to extend a helping hand to those who need it the most: the poor, the working class, women, minorities, gay, the disabled.
This August break, we’ve seen the good and the ugly. But don’t despair. The good far outnumber the ugly.
That’s my parting shot for today.